Volvo CE to showcase 100 percent electric compact excavator prototype at Intermat

Volvo Construction Equipment will present the EX2 fully electric compact excavator at Intermat 2018. The prototype machine delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership.

At this stage, the EX2 is still part of a research project and it is not commercially available.

"The electrification of construction equipment will produce cleaner, quieter and more efficient machines – this represents the future of our industry," says Ahcène Nedjimi, Electromobility Specialist and EX2 Project Leader at Volvo CE. "The EX2 is a revolutionary machine. With its zero emissions and ten times lower noise levels, it could easily be used in densely populated areas without disturbing people – even at night. Ten times higher machine efficiency, together with maintenance-free systems, means that operating costs and total cost of ownership would be significantly reduced."

Electrifying innovation

The Volvo Group defines electromobility as "commercial vehicles and machines that can utilize an electrical motor to propel or to perform the main purpose of the machine." To make the EX2 prototype fully electric, the combustion engine has been replaced with two lithium ion batteries, totaling 38KWh, which store enough electric energy to operate the machine for eight hours in an intense application, such as digging compact ground. The hydraulic architecture has also been replaced with electric architecture, which incorporates electromechanical linear actuators that help to optimize the transmission chain. Removing the hydraulic system and the combustion engine, as well as reducing the cooling needs, has led to significantly lower noise levels.

"Because the EX2 is fully electrified and there are no mechanical joysticks, it can be controlled remotely from a mobile phone or tablet," says Ahcène. "This increases safety in hazardous working environments. Additionally, the EX2 delivers the same power and force as its conventional counterpart, as well as faster speeds in combined movements. As this type of movement is the most common kind for this machine, productivity is improved. All of this has been achieved without compromising on machine performance, ensuring customer needs would be fulfilled."

Innovating for a sustainable future 

"In line with the Volvo Group's vision to be the most desired and successful transport solution provider in the world, Volvo CE is committed to contributing to sustainable development," concludes Patrik Lundblad, Senior Vice President of Technology at Volvo CE. "We are developing technologies connected to electromobility, intelligent machines and total site solutions that will benefit our customers and the environment by contributing to increased machine performance, productivity, efficiency, safety and sustainability. Our future products and services will play an important part in building a sustainable society." 

Company Info

  • Volvo Construction Equipment

    312 Volvo Way
    Shippensburg , PA
    US , 17257

    Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is a major international company developing, manufacturing and marketing equipment for construction and related industries. Its products, leaders in many world markets, include a comprehensive range of wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators, articulated haulers, motor graders, soil and asphalt compactors, pavers, milling machines and compact equipment. Volvo CE is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, as well as drive systems for marine and industrial applications. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 115,000 people, has production facilities in 20 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Göteborg, Sweden.

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  • INTERMAT

    Paris
    FR

    Every 3 years, INTERMAT Paris, the International Exhibition for Construction and Infrastructure, brings together all the professionals working in construction and public works.

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